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Family Service of RI challenges students to perform acts of kindness as part of their daily routine.

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Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI) has launched a Kindness Challenge, a contest that challenges students to perform acts of kindness and document their efforts in creative ways.

A committee selected by FSRI will choose the top three submissions from schools. Due to the generosity of donors, winners will be presented with cash prizes for their schools: a $1,000 first prize, $750 second prize and $500 third prize. The awards will be given out on World Acts of Kindness Day, November 13, 2017.

FSRI’s Kindness Challenge is part of the agency’s 125th Anniversary Celebration and is using the hashtag #125Kindness.

“It’s the little things that make the biggest difference. The simple act of being kind can sometimes help in ways that nothing else can,” said FSRI CEO Margaret Holland McDuff. “That’s why we chose kindness as the theme of our anniversary celebration and we’ve seen FSRI employees really take it to heart and incorporate it into every aspect of their day. It’s been amazing to witness and participate in.”

She pointed to an FSRI employee cleaning snow off all cars in the organization’s parking lot last winter and women in reception who used their own money to create and stock a reading corner for the children who visit the building,

“We hope this challenge will give students the opportunity to incorporate being kind into their daily activities and give teachers a fun way of introducing the importance of kindness in their lessons. For us, there’s no better way to celebrate our 125th anniversary,” said Holland McDuff.

Several schools have already committed to joining the challenge. There is no fee to register. Resources, links, and Official Rules can be found at this website. You can also download a Kindness sign for the campaign and take a Kindness Pledge.

About FSRI
FSRI is a comprehensive non-profit social service agency which provides support to children and families – from birth to adulthood – through services focused on three general areas – physical and mental health, education, and overall well-being. Every program or service FSRI offers is geared towards promoting healthy families and strong communities.